Hastings College switches up the traditional calendar system

Published: Oct. 24, 2018 at 8:25 AM CDT
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When students arrive to Hastings College in the fall of 2019, one big thing they will notice is how their classes are laid out.

That's because Hastings College is doing something different, unlike any other school that they know of.

They are breaking the traditional 16-week semester into blocks of 2 and 7 weeks.

During the 2 week block, students will take just one class and during the 7 week block, students can take up to two classes.

Students will have a reduced load during those blocks. But still during a year, students will take the same number of classes as they do now, just in a different way.

Barbara Sunderman, Hastings College interim vice president of academic affairs, said one of the best things that will happen is not only the students will only be taking one to two classes at a time, but faculty will only be teaching one to two classes.

"It will really have an impact on learning," said Sunderman.

Gone is the days when you had a Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 9 a.m. and a class Tuesday and Thursday at 6 p.m. Students will have a daily schedule with classes the same time each day.

"It's a huge change," said Sunderman.

Students won't have as many things to keep their eye on, she said.

The switch to this type of schedule is a greater focus on what students need and to get them ready for the real world.

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